Say Hello To My Little Friend

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:34 pm EST


Strange Attraction

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:56 pm EST

This was absolutely the coolest thing I saw all day:

A Sixth Sense for a Wired World [Wired]

via Boing Boing



Filed under: — Kate @ 9:49 am EST

I’m so excited for Mother’s Day. But not why you might think.

You see, two weeks ago, Edo got himself a brand new, gorgeous, beautiful 20 inch flat panel monitor. And less than 24 hours later, I was rife with jealousy. I couldn’t get over how much real estate he had; all of a sudden, my 17 incher just seemed so small. I started fantasizing about what I would do with a monitor like that… oh the possibilities!

So we ordered another one for me. Dell was having some sort of special deal, and we decided to jump on it while we had the chance. As part of that deal, each monitor actually came with a computer, too, so for those of you keeping track, that will bring the total number of PCs in our apartment to five (not counting the 3 or 4 laptops). But that’s only temporary.

Now what, you ask, does this have to do with Mother’s Day? Well, I needed to have the damn thing sent somewhere, and our management office got pissed off by the size of the first one we ordered. So, I had it sent to my parents, and we’re picking it up when we visit for Mother’s day. Dad has actually threatened to lock us out and keep it for himself, but I don’t think he’ll do that since he relies on Edo for all of his computer advice.

I can’t wait!!


I Need to Know Who’s Calling

Filed under: — Kate @ 9:08 am EST

As I mentioned last week, I recently upgraded to a new cell phone model. Nothing fancy, just mostly wanted to get one with Bluetooth. Anyway, I’ve been having trouble deciding what ringtones to put on it. In addition to the regular ring, I like to assign special ringtones to my most frequent callers.

So tell me, what’s on your phone? Do you have specialized “ringer IDs” for certain people?


Fatal Exception Error

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:19 pm EST

Maybe it’s just my morbid fascination with graveyards showing through, but I thought this Fark photoshop thread was great: Nerd Tombstones.


Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:14 am EST

Yesterday, one of my students said to me as she was leaving for the day “Oh, by the way, the computer died on me earlier. I tried turning it back on, but it died again.”

Ummmm… WHAT?!

Now this is a very smart girl. One of the brightest students I’ve had. Not at all like my Dumb and Dumber interns from last summer (“Does that go through the network or something?”).

So why she wouldn’t come running into my office the minute it failed is beyond me.

I asked her “Did you check the power connection?”


No?! NO?!! When your computer spontaneously shuts down, isn’t that the FIRST THING YOU CHECK??? I dunno, maybe I’m asking too much here. Maybe I’ve just kicked more power cords and accidentally ripped them out of the wall than the average person. Wait, no… that’s definitely true…

Anyway, I’m actually not sure what happened. All the plugs were, in fact, still connected, but the computer wouldn’t turn on. So I just switched off the surge protector, pressed reset, and turned it back on. Voila, the computer booted up. I must be a fucking genius.

But I digress. I didn’t even start this post with the intention of telling that story, but then I found myself inspired by the title.

So now, the original reason for this edition of my blatherings…

The new Britcom “The IT Crowd” is my favorite new tv show at the moment. It’s about the IT geeks in the basement of a large company.

Do yourself a favor and watch the first episode here.

See Also:
-The IT Crowd [Fansite]
-The IT Crowd [Wikipedia]


Cherry Poppin’

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:27 am EST

You are looking at what is quite possibly my first computer experience ever. Yes, that is a Commodore 64 (and my cousin). Whether or not this was the actual first time, it’s definitely the first computer I ever touched.

UPDATE: Hi Phillyist readers! (Btw, I’m the girl.)


It’s Bigger on the Inside

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:09 am EST

I’m really happy that the Sci Fi Channel has decided to air the first season of the new Doctor Who series.

It looks like the BBC is happy, as well. Check out their intro page (if you are at work, you might want to turn down your volume before clicking the link). It’s the silliest thing I’ve seen in ages.

Anyway, I encourage all of you to watch it (starting in March). And if you’re not convinced at first, it definitely gets better after the first few episodes, so stick with it.

See Also:
-Doctor Who checks into SCI FI [BBC]
-SCI FI To Air New Doctor Who [Sci Fi Wire]


You Might Have Too Many Computers if…

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:05 am EST

…you hear yourself saying “How am I supposed to clutter the table with my junk when you’ve got three laptops on it?”


A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:30 pm EST

Two suns

What is your earliest memory of Star Wars?

Myself, I was probably about 4 or 5 years old, at the house of family friends, watching the first movie with their son. I vividly remember that early scene on Tatooine with the shot of the two suns. I was so confused by that, and my father had to explain to me that it was another planet, not Earth. That was the first time I began to grasp the concept of other planetary systems besides our own.

So reach back into the archives of your brain, and tell me your earliest recollections of the phenomenon that is Star Wars. Anything associated with the franchise counts.


And Now… Deep Thoughts

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:41 pm EST

Edo said something tonight that I thought was just so profound. If Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Campbell ever did a movie together, the universe would stop. Thoughts anyone?


Hello again…

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:00 am EST

Well I’ve been absent for a while… sorry about that. I’ve been pretty tied up, both at work and at home. Let’s see… Edo’s birthday was Friday, so I helped him celebrate by taking the day off and doing seven loads of laundry. We also went out to lunch, hit the grocery store, took a nap (damn Indian food puts you right to sleep), and I got a chip in my tooth fixed. FUN!! Anyway, the real fun came later when I baked a cake and gave Edo his presents, which included (among others things) the Star Wars Trilogy. And that was that.

We watched the first movie the same night, and then Edo’s good friend Tom came over to watch Empire and Jedi with us on Saturday. Here’s my first impression of the dvds. WOW!! Freaking amazing sound and the transfers looked beautiful. I’m pretty miffed about all of the changes (which is why we didn’t buy it sooner), but the dvds really are quite awesome. That early scene in Empire with the shot of all the ships when you first hear the Imperial March—we have these sweet little bass transducers under the futon and it was just… OH MY GOD! It was so freaking incredible. I would bitch about the changes (especially replacing the Anakin force ghost with Hayden Christensen, that was just bullshit), but I’m assuming most of you are already familiar with the inability of George Lucas to LEAVE THINGS ALONE!!! (more…)


So Say We All

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:45 am EST

Hey people, just an FYI…


Trust me, I have seen the future.

You can thank me later.